4 Healthy Sugar Alternatives To Keep Diabetes & Obesity Away


Commonly consumed White sugar (or refined sugar), sugary foods or aerated drinks has been linked to increased risk of diabetes and obesity, when consumed in large quantity. 

It is advisable that, men should not consume more than 9 tsp (or 36 grams or 150 calroies) of sugar in a day. The number is little lower for women with 6 tsp (or 25 gms or 100 calories) per day.

Toffees, chocolates, cakes are some sources that work as a biggest culprit in adding loads of sugar in our everyday diet. Other sources of hidden sugar come from juices, processed and packaged food, biscuits, bakery foods etc.

For healthy living, it is important to regulate your sugar intake and include healthy alternatives of sugar in your diet to remain healthy.

Let's look at 4 food items that you can eat in place of sugar, without giving any tension to your health.


4 Healthy Alternatives To Sugar

1. Honey

Honey is extremely delicious and can work as a healthy alternative to sugar. Even after being sweet in taste, it has a lower glycaemic index (GI) value than sugar. It does not raise blood sugar levels as quickly as normal refined sugar, given correct amount of taken.

2. Dates

Dates are supremely nutritious and can satisfy the urge of eating something sweet, while also providing you with added nutrition.

They do contain natural sugar but, is also packed with Fibre, that slows down the release of sugar in blood stream, preventing any spikes in blood sugar levels.

3. Jaggery

Jaggery is loaded with minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, selenium, manganese and zinc and is jam-packed with antioxidants that can build the immunity and further keep diseases away. 

Sugar on the other hand is a source of 'empty calories' with no nutritional value. So, when it comes to sugary, jaggery is definitely a healthier option.

4. Coconut sugar

Coconut sugar contains nutrients like iron, zinc, calcium, potassium and other antioxidants that are healthy for our body

It is extracted from the sap of coconut palm and has lower glycemic index than sugar. It also has insulin that is a kind of soluble fibre which can slow down digestion, increase feeling of fullness and provide gut-friendly bacteria.


Conclusion

The idea behind going for healthy alternatives to sugar is to control consumption of refined sugar to prevent weight gain, obesity and diabetes risk. 

In addition to sugar control, we need to take care of other factors also that causes weight gain and obesity. Avoid sources of refined sugar and follow healthy alternatives given above and you're good to go.


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